SUV, house catch fire during crash in Kissimmee

Driver suffered ‘medical episode’ prior to crash, troopers say

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A car crashed into a home in Kissimmee on Thursday after the driver suffered a possible “medical episode,” according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Officials said around 6:08 p.m., the car crashed into the living room of the house, which was located at 2984 Camino Real Drive.

In a release, troopers said a SUV was driving south on Marebella Drive, north of Camino Real Drive.

However, the driver possibly suffered a “medical episode” while operating the SUV, causing the SUV to run off the roadway and onto the sidewalk, troopers said.

As a result, troopers said the vehicle crashed into a mailbox, which in turn flew forward and struck two nearby vehicles.

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Meanwhile, the SUV continued traveling south across the eastbound and westbound lanes of Camino Real Drive, the release shows.

Investigators explained that the SUV ultimately ran off the roadway and into the front wall of the house, bursting into the living room. The impact caused the SUV to catch fire, burning a large portion of the home, troopers said.

While there were eight people inside the home, none of them was struck by the SUV, a crash report shows. However, a 65-year-old woman was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, troopers stated.

The driver of the SUV — a 38-year-old Kissimmee man — was also taken to the hospital as a trauma alert, though his condition has since stabilized, investigators said.

Fire crews helped to shore up the house, which suffered structural damage in the crash, according to officials.

No other injuries were reported in the crash.

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